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Attacking in twos

Attacking in twos can be easy against a single defender. However, take away the overload advantage and your attackers’ decision making will be really tested.

What this session is about

  1.  Making the most of overload attacks.
  2.  Decision making in the final third of the pitch.

What to think about

  • When in possession the player has two options; dribble or pass. Can the player use disguise in their play to take one or both defenders out of the game?
  • The player not in possession of the ball also has decisions to make. For example, do they come close to their team mate or spread out? Can they make a run forward or look to overlap?

Set-up

  • 50 x 30 yard area, one goal.
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What you get your players to do

To start, two attackers must combine to progress across the area and beat a single defender before scoring past the goalkeeper.

Beating a single defender should be straightforward.

Beating a single defender should be straightforward.


Development

Split the playing area in two horizontally and add a further defender so that you now have one in each area.

The attacking pair must beat the defender in the first area before progressing to the second area. Here they must beat another defender in order to score.

Players must progress to the second area before shooting.

To increase the difficulty you can add a second defender in either or both areas.

Now the attackers must be successful twice to get their shot in.

Now the attackers must be successful twice to get their shot in.


Game situation

Play a normal game. Look at what happens when the attacker is in possession. Is the player positive in the final third? Does a team mate go to support the player or make a run into space? Do the players combine effectively to create a goalscoring chance?

Beating 1 defender and then 2 is a bigger challenge.

Beating 1 defender and then 2 is a bigger challenge.


What to call out

  • “Play at pace”
  • “Get into the shooting zone”
  • “Shoot at every opportunity”
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